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Robert A.G. Monks is the publisher of, which is focused on the assembly and dissemination of information and opinion about global issues of corporate governance. He is also the founder of Lens Governance Advisors, a law firm that advises on corporate governance in the settlement of shareholder litigation and his principal occupation is the development of ideas harmonizing corporate energies with the long-term interests of Global society. He is also the board chairman of Governance for Owners, for both the London and U.S. based share-ownership services venture formed by former Hermes directors Peter Butler and Steve Brown. Mr. Monks was the Deputy Chairman of Hermes Focus Asset Management in the UK. He also was the founder of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., and served as its president from 1985-1990. ISS is now the leading corporate governance consulting firm, advising shareholders with assets in excess of $1 trillion on how to vote their proxies. He founded the investment fund known as LENS, which since 1992 has developed the “institutional activist” mode of investment. The fund has achieved returns in excess of the S&P; average throughout its life and has exceeded them by over 100% during the three-year period from 1998 to 2000.